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RIM Receives 15,000 New Apps For Blackberry

Research In Motion has received 15,000 new apps for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform in only three days, suggesting its efforts to woo developers to the new mobile OS may just be paying off.

The rush of new apps resulted from RIM's "Port-a-Thon" events, which encouraged developers to take any applications not already compatible with BlackBerry 10 and "port" them over to the new platform. The events, which started Friday, Jan. 11, and lasted just over 37 hours, were open to developers porting either legacy BlackBerry apps or apps built for Google's Android OS.

"When we decided to hold a series of Port-A-Thons to help our developer community port their apps over to BlackBerry 10 we had no idea how wildly successful they would be," the company wrote in its developer blog. "This past weekend's Port-A-Thons brought in more than 15,000 apps! It has been truly inspiring to see so much excitement and support for BlackBerry 10."